There’s quite a bit of noise coming from the Ohio State recruiting world at the moment. No, we still don’t have an answer to Tuesday’s cryptic tweets, however, we do have some good news in terms of the status of the Buckeyes’ current commitments, as well as the future of the 2021 class. Let’s take a look.
Ohio State commitments do well in new recruiting rankings
The most recent 2021 Top247 recruiting rankings are out, and out of the 14 Ohio State commitments listed, eight saw their rankings rise while only six saw a drop, and three out of those six only dropped one slot.
Out of the eight Buckeyes who got bumped, there were a few standouts, highlighted by defensive lineman Mike Hall, who jumped from the nation’s No. 121 overall prospect to No. 59—that’s 62 slots(!!). Right behind Hall are defensive backs Jakailin Johnson, who jumped 17 slots from No. 81 to No. 64, and Jantzen Dunn, who moved from No. 146 to No. 140 in the rankings.
The other five Buckeye commitments to climb up the rankings are linebacker Reid Carrico, who went from No. 51 to No. 49, quarterback Kyle McCord went from No. 57 to No. 54, defensive end Tunmise Adeleye, who jumped from No. 83 to No. 80, wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., who went from No. 94 to No. 92, and wide receiver Jayden Ballard jumped from No. 109 to No. 108.
As for the six drops, defensive end Jack Sawyer— the No. 1 prospect for the Buckeyes—moved from No. 4 to No. 5. Following Sawyer are offensive linemen Donovan Jackson, who dropped from No. 10 to No. 11, and running back TreVeyon Henderson, who moved from No. 12 to No. 13. Those who dropped more than one spot include running back Evan Pryor, who moved down three slots to No. 100, offensive lineman Ben Christman dropped from No. 168 to No. 173, and defensive back Andre Turrentine went from No. 173 to No. 177.
Which of the 10 best uncommitted 2021 prospects are likely to land in Columbus?
Ohio State’s No. 1 ranked 2021 recruiting class is not finished, and the good news is its new potential additions will only make it stronger. Out of the top 11 prospects in the new Top247 rankings, 10 of them have yet to commit. Ohio State’s Jack Sawyer, who is now listed as No. 5, is the only committed player in the top 11.
Of those prospects without a home, here’s who Bucknuts’ expert analysis Steve Wiltfong predicts are Columbus-bound.
J.T. TUIMOLOAU - DE, No. 1
Crystal Ball confidence level: 5
“The opportunity to be coached by Buckeyes defensive line coach Larry Johnson and the player development under his watch is a huge factor for Tuimoloau. Huffman has said in the past this one is expected to go till February so we’ll see if the pulse changes, if proximity becomes a factor, etc. USC, Washington, Oregon, Stanford and Alabama are among the other programs pushing.”
JC LATHAM - OT, No. 3
Crystal Ball confidence level: 6
“Ohio State is the 247Sports Crystal Ball favorite including my forecast, and LSU has always been considered a major challenger. Things are picking up with Alabama, who beyond its top-notch development of offensive linemen, can now point to Evan Neal — a fellow IMG Academy product who started all 13 games this past season as a true freshman. Seeing Neal do so well has made an impression on Latham. Beyond these schools, Latham is keeping in touch with a handful of other programs including Oklahoma.”
EMEKA EGBUKA - WR, No. 7
Crystal Ball confidence level: 8
“Confidence continues to grow regarding my forecast in favor of Ohio State for Egbuka who dropped his top four last week that also included Clemson, Oklahoma and Washington. From this four, I view the in-state Huskies as the biggest challenger when at one time it seemed like it was the Tigers.”
- Manassas (Va.) Stonewall’s Shawn Murphy—the country’s No. 3 overall 2022 prospect, No. 1 inside linebacker and No. 3 prospect in Virginia, and his teammate, Tyleik Williams— the country’s No. 164 overall prospect, No. 9 defensive tackle, and No. 5 prospect in Virginia are both “very interested in Ohio State,” according to the duo’s head coach Carroll Walker.
- Four-star 2022 wide receiver Kaleb Brown announced via Twitter that he has received an offer from Ohio State. Brown is the No. 5 WR, No. 35 overall prospect in the country, and No. 1 in Illinois.